Gnosticism

Ep 182: Gnosticism

Flora and Stecco bust open the jar of religious history as they discuss Gnosticism! An early sect of Christianity, Gnosticism was constantly controversial with its focus on secret knowledge and salvation from within. It grew and evolved for centuries before being snuffed out by orthodox Christianity, but modern findings have shed new light on just […]

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Demonology

Ep 163: Demonology

The sigils are etched and the circle is protecting as Dave and David summon an episode about demonology! The study of demons etc., demonology stretches as far back as recorded history, but how credible is it in practice and lore? The boys look at the etymology of demons, a few cultures and demons in their […]

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Narco Saints

Ep 160: Narco Saints

Dave and David grab the flowers and votives for a virtual trip to Mexico to look at Narco Saints. A relatively recent evolution of Catholicism in Mexico, Narco Saints are figures of the church and folklore venerated by the destitute and criminals. Figures such as Santa Muerte, Juan el Soldado, and San Ramon Nonato provide […]

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Codex Gigas

Episode 149: The Codex Gigas

Grab your gloves and good luck charms as Blurry Photos dive into the Codex Gigas! Commonly called “The Devil’s Bible,” the Codex Gigas is a legendary medieval manuscript that’s huge, old, and… cursed? Flora and Stecco take a look at its interesting history as well as its contents and design. The real fun lies in […]

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Wedding Superstitions

Episode 139: Wedding Superstitions

Dave and David have some big news which sparks an episode all about wedding superstitions! With so many cultures in the world, tying the knot has a limitless variety of wedding superstitions and traditions. The boys discuss nuptial customs through history, with stories and rituals, origins of superstitions, and some bizarre practices. Why does the […]

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Possession and Exorcism

Episode 126: Possession and Exorcism

Blurry Photober 2015 begins with a look into the disturbing world of possession and exorcism. A controversial, creepy subject, possession and exorcism has been around since recorded history, but are demons really taking hold people?┬áIt’s something many are familiar with, but few truly understand. A person seems to lose control of him/herself, and a religious […]

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Mithra

Episode 108: Mithra

Dave and David dive into the current hot theological debate about the mysterious figure of Mithra in this episode. An ancient god whose origins can be traced to Persia, Mithra has been called the precursor to Jesus, and in some instances the exact model for him. How could a Persian god have anything to do […]

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Druids

Episode 105: Druids

Season 4 of Blurry Photos is here! Flora and Stecco don their robes and beards to talk about Druids in the kickoff episode. An ancient order of learned folks, Druids have a storied and harsh history, and the current fantastical perception of them does no favors. The boys discuss their past, the belief system and […]

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Holy Grail

Episode 100: The Holy Grail

Blurry Photos have reached a milestone, and the celebration is on with an episode dedicated to the Holy Grail! The Davids do a little something different in this episode, crafting a complete 40s-style radio play to educate and entertain you, the listener. A profound and influential religious artifact, the Holy Grail has been talked about […]

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Cargo Cults

Episode 98: Cargo Cults

Dave and David head to Oceania to catch up on cargo cults in this episode. Known as a “cultural phenomenon,” and maybe even full-on religious movements, cargo cults have a fascinating history that offers much in the way of anthropological and sociological information. The boys discuss how they were formed and why, and also what […]

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